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Twitter disclaimers are not magical mithral chainmail for your tweets. Even with such disclaimers, you can still get fired for "your own" salacious opinions in tweet form.
NYU professor Geoffrey Miller almost learned this the hard way after tweeting that "obese PhD applicants" wouldn't finish their dissertations if they lacked the "willpower to stop eating carbs," reports Forbes.
Although Miller did some quick damage control and saved his job, we aren't all college professors. Many employees are putting themselves at risk under the false protection of their Twitter disclaimer.
As Twitter is used more and more frequently by news agencies, corporations and even celebrities, many have adopted disclaimers like:
Regardless of how strongly worded those disclaimers are, they have no legal effect, a technology lawyer told Forbes, and they won't stop your boss from canning you if your post "reflects badly" on your employer.
The practice of using Twitter disclaimers may have sprung up after the policy of tacking on boilerplate disclaimers to email. While such disclaimers may serve to differentiate an employee's tweets from the official views of his employer, it does nothing to protect the employee from liability or job loss.
This is especially true if you're tweeting about your company or coworkers, who could consider your nastygrams on Twitter as perfect cause to kick you to the curb (with no unemployment insurance).
Instead of pretending that your Twitter disclaimer is some sort of industry-accepted content shield, start paying some mind to what you tweet.
Like with any social media, if you like keeping your job, avoid posting anything inappropriate, such as:
If your workplace has a social media policy that requires a disclaimer, by all means include it. But don't confuse this with a free pass to call your boss unflattering names.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.
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